Strategic Objective: Secure land, naval and air bases in the Southern PHILIPPINES from which to launch an attack upon LUZON with a view to an attack upon the FORMOSA- CHINA coast area. TASKS. Present: Advance along the north coast of NEW GUINEA as far west as the VOGELKOP by airborne-waterborne operations. Seize MINDANAO by airborne-waterborne operations and establish land, naval and air bases. Eventual: By air and naval action, isolate JAPAN from the BORNEO-N.E.I.-Malaya area. Seize LUZON, initiate V.L.R. bombing of JAPAN, and establish bases necessary to launch an attack against the FOHMOSA-CHINA coast. ANALYSIS OF TASKS. This outline plan embodies operations that follow the capture of MANUS ISLAND and KAVIENG with the concoramitant isolation of RABAUL. It is assumed that the forces of the CENTRAL PACIFIC, staging through the SOUTH and SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREAS, with naval elements based upon facilities at MANUS ISLAND, will seize the PALAUS at the earliest practicable date, but not later than 10 September 1944, a date tentatively agreed upon at the PEARL HARBOR conference of 27 January 1944 prior to the advancement of the dates of the operations against ENIWETOK and MANUS ISLAND. As contemplated in CCS 417/2, it anticipates the transfer of resources, particularly naval and amphibious means between the CENTRAL and SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREAS.